Stephanie J. Urdang grew up in Cape Town. No longer willing to tolerate the apartheid state, she
emigrated to the United States at the end of the 1960s and continued to grapple with the meaning
of ‘home’. Once in the US she immediately became involved in the anti-apartheid and women’s
movements. She is the author of books on Africa including And Still They Dance: Women, War
and the Struggle for Change in Mozambique
as well as articles in magazines, newspapers and
academic journals. Besides her work as a writer and journalist, she has been a consultant on
gender equality and development for the United Nations over three decades. This included her
position as senior advisor on Gender and HIV/AIDS for the UNIFEM, the UN women’s

Her memoir, Mapping My Way Home: Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of
Apartheid South Africa
was published in the US in November 2017. She lives in New Jersey,